By Khizar Hayat Abbasi
MUZAFFARABAD: Hundreds of people, mostly young girls, on Thursday took to streets here to protest against the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua area of Jammu.
The protest demonstration organized by Pasban-e- Huriyat Jammu and Kashmir started from Burhan Wani Chok and terminated at Garhi Pan Chok where it turned into a public rally.
Addressing the rally leaders of different political parties and representatives of social and human rights organizations, strongly condemned the rape and murder in Kathua and demanded that the culprits should be brought to justice.
They said that India has “lost its war in Kashmir and its army cannot win this war by implying mean and cowardice and inhuman acts.”
The protesters alleged that Indian army deployed in Kashmir “is using rape and other crimes as a weapon of war to crush Kashmiri people’s struggle for their right to self-determination.”
The speakers emphasized that had “the culprits involved in the gruesome murder of Neelofar and Asiya in Shopian dealt with iron hand, the rape and murder of the girl in Kathua would never have taken place.”
The speakers said that support of Hindu extremist organizations to the murderers of the girl in Kathua “amply proved that BJP government in Delhi is involved in this inhuman act.”
The speakers called upon United Nations, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and international human rights organization to play their role in ending gross violation of human rights in Kashmir and in bringing the culprits of war crimes to justice.
The participants of the rally also raised vociferous slogans against India and Hindu extremist organizations.
Those who spoke on the occasion included chairman Passban Hurriyat, Uzair Ahmed Ghazali; Pakistan Teherik Insaf leader Khawaja Farooq Ahmed; Jamaat Islami PaK leader, Sheikh Aqeel ur Rehman; Pakistan People’s Party leader Shoukat Javed Mir, and others.